I just hope that if the Eternals isn’t as good as all the rest of the MCU that marvel won’t be afraid to take more risks with their future projects. The visuals and more serious tone are something that I hope carry on from this movie.
Judging by the reviews, the problem here seems to be that it’s not risky enough
From the reviews I’ve seen it seems like Chloe Zhao making a marvel movie, not Marvel making a Chloe Zhao movie. Something similar was with Edgar Wright, he wanted to make a marvel movie (antman) but marvel didn’t want to make an Edgar Wright movie. At least Marvel kept their talent on board this time.
Marvel is not in the risk taking business.
for real, im not a marvel fan but ive managed to watch every MCU movie, and i like to take note of the little nuances each movie tries to do in a cool way or differently. some fail badly, some are pretty neat
but the common factor is: for every step forward they take in moviemaking, they take two steps back once they remember they are an MCU property and revert back to the Marvel schlock all the movies share.
take the recent Black Widow and Shang Chi, decent family comedy/spy thriller and martial arts action/adventure, respectively. but hit that last act and its back to cheesy setpieces and CGI-fest. Shang Chi is especially lolz when the Ten Rings invades the mystical village and bring with them non-lethal bola-crossbows, when you saw in the same movie the same organization sniping people and mowing them down with assault rifles. a premier example of the schizophrenic nature of some movies when they try to do their own thing but bound by the invisible force of the universe
I think the fact that they're trying to continue to make interesting films after essentially concluding the avengers films is a risk.
Lol what does that even mean? Yes, marvel tries to make their films good and interesting so they get good reviews and audiences in the seats. Why would they stop trying to make their films good after Endgame?
They just aren’t about taking risks or allowing a creator the same freedom they’d find elsewhere, it’s about 70% marvel and 10-30% the director depending on the film. Their films follow a formula that deviates *just a bit* each movie, but not enough to ever create something that feels truly different from the rest.
I would agree that they have some foundations that they have found to work in their favor. But I wouldn't say they "don't take risks" outright. Just my opinion.
When you compare their riskiest narrative bets to other franchises throughout the history of cinema, what they do is far more safe and less likely to cause any disruption in the franchise. Also the word ‘risk’ can mean SO many things when it comes to a film franchise.
For example, they killed off 3 important characters in Infinity War in what was seen as permanent. Risky as hell, right?
Wrong. All 3 characters are back now. Marvel knew it had to kill people (not counting snapped people) in Infinity War to make the stakes high but they couldn’t let them stay dead because of financial reasons, so they had their cake and ate it too, because Marvel just doesn’t take the same narrative risks that other franchises do.
Who was the third one besides Gamora and Vision?
Loki, I'm guessing.
Oh right. Well at least the way they are going to come back officially there's still a question as to how that's gonna work. Also, we're talking about comic books here, should anything be off the table?
I'm not thinking about those ones per se, i agree that those are some of their weakest films. I would say the Guardians films and the ones directed by the Russo Brothers and even Black Panther and Shang-Chi are a a little subversive.
what is her signature style?
Shots that capture the beauty of nature. And the poetry of that.
Lots and lots of golden hour shots. Thats pretty much it.
> There’s also Phastos, a magical inventor of new technologies played by Brian Tyree Henry, who boasts one of the time-jumping movie’s most confounding moments. The screen reads “Hiroshima 1945” while Henry stands amid the wreckage and yells, “What have I done?!”
Was this her decision? Lmao
Oh, so instead of stopping atrocities throughout history, these guys actively helped cause them.
After seeing the abuse Rian Johnson and some members of the last Jedi cast got, I’m glad she toned down her style. It’s still a marvel movie. That’s what people want.